As Landmark University strides towards the realization of her goals for the 2016/2017 Academic Session, a 500-level student of Civil Engineering, Mmemek-Abasi Etim, under the auspices of the University Management, attended the 6th African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) Conference at the Central University of Technology (CUT), Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa between 21st and 23rd September, 2016. The opportunity beckoned on the student as the University sought its place in the continental gathering of ‘who’s who’ in the African Engineering Education with a view to strengthening the field of Engineering in the University and honing students’ capacity building to meet global benchmarks. The AEEA which was established with the aim of “promoting excellent quality education in various Engineering disciplines in Africa and to bridge the North-South divide” convened the 6th Annual Conference to deliberate on the Challenges of Engineering Education in the 21st Century: Creating Sustainable Solutions”.

Addressing the congregation of members of Management, Faculty, Staff and Students at the Thursday, 26th September, 2016 Chapel Service on the conference, Etim revealed that the conference provided a platform for engineering educators, professional organizations and industries to discuss common problems in African Engineering Education which are sustainable curriculum development, project or problems-based learning, and research as well as innovation. He added that spotlight also beamed on the areas of ICT in engineering education, academia-industry interaction, and waste management as part of their contributions to Africa’s sustainable development.

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  • Mmemek-Abati Etim with Professor O. Obiazi of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State (Was on sabbatical in Landmark University).
L-R - Mmemek-Abati Etim, Engr. A. Otis, Prof. J.O. Afolayan (Former Vice-Chancellor, Landmark University), and PhD Students at CUT1 Mmemek-Abati Etim with Professor O. Obiazi of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State (Was on sabbatical in Landmark University).2
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Inspired by the assembly of renowned Engineering educators from the nations of Africa and other parts of the world and the arrays of opportunities inherent in the field of Engineering, Etim gave a number of recommendations for Landmark University as a feedback. He said as the University advances her research agenda, efforts should be problem-solving oriented, as well as towards an affiliation with relevant and reputable organizations and industries, noting that such collaboration would reinforce research. In the same vein, he proposed the optimal utilization and conservation of the Solar Energy available in the University environment for sustainable development. He added that there is need to establish programmes that would activate students’ potentials as well as initiate the students’ work-study scheme to further explore the students’ diverse talents.

He, therefore, commended Management’s gesture which he described as evidence-based in the University’s core value of capacity building, noting that such cross-border experience will always foster innovation to meet education and workforce needs and increase learning and research opportunities for the entire student populace.